By\u00a0Reese Oxner\r\nTexas officials have emptied a prison to prepare it to hold immigrants arrested by state troopers as Gov.\u00a0Greg Abbott\u00a0ramps up the state\u2019s law enforcement presence on the border.\r\nOfficials began transferring prisoners Wednesday from Dolph Briscoe Unit in Dilley \u2014 a small city around an hour drive southwest of San Antonio \u2014 to other facilities with available capacity so the prison can be used as a central holding facility for immigrants arrested as part of Abbott\u2019s Operation Lone Star, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesperson Jeremy Desel said in a statement.\r\nIt will be used to hold immigrants who have been charged with state or federal crimes, he said. It is unclear what charges these could entail, and Desel could not confirm whether that would include low-level charges.\r\nOfficials have not yet started detaining immigrants in the facility, but it will have the capacity for about 1,000 people. Desel confirmed the facility has no air conditioning, which is true about many prisons in the state. Weather forecasts for the area show highs surpassing 100 degrees next week.\r\n\u201cThe state of Texas continues to deal with a record-high influx of individuals illegally crossing the border,\u201d Desel said in the statement. \u201cTo address the ongoing crisis, Governor Abbott is directing state resources to arrest and confine those individuals crossing the border unlawfully and who have committed a state or federal crime.\u201d\r\nPlans for the prison were\u00a0first reported\u00a0by Keri Blakinger, a reporter with The Marshall Project.\r\nThe clearing of the prison began Wednesday \u2014 the same day that Abbott announced details of his plan for a Texas border wall, saying he would\u00a0reallocate $250 million\u00a0in funds from the TDCJ budget as a \u201cdown payment\u201d while also soliciting private donations.\r\n\u201cState leadership has assured the agency that this is a temporary measure, and the money will be reappropriated without a negative impact on TDCJ,\u201d Desel said.\r\nAbbott referenced the available prison beds during his press conference Wednesday and said that the state may \u201cneed staff to staff those jail beds as well as others that may come up.\u201d He said some states may send jail or enforcement officers to work with state agencies and local officials to meet staffing demands.\r\nDesel said the prison\u2019s current staff members \u2014 who total around 230 \u2014 will continue to staff the facility, and no external officers will be enlisted at this time. The TDCJ will provide \u201cappropriate services\u201d to those detained in the prison in conjunction with the Windham School District and the University of Texas Medical Branch, Desel said. But he said he couldn\u2019t give details on what those services would include.\r\nPresident Joe Biden and Abbott have continued to publicly spar over immigration policies as the number of immigrants crossing the border has increased.\r\nIn March, Abbott launched Operation Lone Star, which deployed the National Guard and \u201cair, ground, marine and tactical border security assets\u201d to the border. The Republican governor declared the situation at the border a disaster on May 31.\r\nBiden\u2019s administration has threatened legal action over Abbott\u2019s previous order\u00a0instructing state agencies to yank child care licenses from facilities that serve migrant children.\r\nIn his order, Abbott instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety to enforce all state and federal laws on trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking and ordered two state criminal justice commissions to provide guidance and request \u201cany necessary\u201d waivers to give counties \u201cthe flexibility needed to establish adequate alternative detention facilities.\u201d\r\n\u201cThe Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), like other state agencies, is ready to assist in Operation Lone Star,\u201d Desel said.\r\nPolitics reporter James Barrag\u00e1n contributed to this article. This story originally published by the Texas Tribune.